Health and human rights

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World Health Organization
World Health Organization
December 2023
Abstract / Description

Key facts:

  • Human rights are universal rights of all human beings, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
  • The right to health and other health-related human rights are legally binding commitments enshrined in international human rights instruments. WHO’s Constitution also recognizes the right to health.
  • Every human being has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Countries have a legal obligation to develop and implement legislation and policies that guarantee universal access to quality health services and address the root causes of health disparities, including poverty, stigma and discrimination.
  • The right to health is indivisible from other human rights, including the rights to education, participation, food, housing, work and information.
  • Universal health coverage (UHC) grounded in primary health care helps countries realize the right to health by ensuring all people have affordable, equitable access to health services.  (author introduction) #P4HEwebinarDecember2023
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